Growing food can be as simple as growing a few commonly used cooking herbs on a window sill or balcony.
Fresh herbs are great for cooking, but they often end up as leftovers in the fridge or getting thrown in the bin or compost. Growing your own commonly used herbs is an easy way to solve this problem and save money too.
A vegetable garden can be a healthy and rewarding way to provide your own food. You can grow food on windowsills, balconies, in backyards and on lawn areas. If you have a small outdoor area, such as a balcony or courtyard, you can use pots, hanging baskets, trellises or espalier techniques.
Fruit and vegetables generally grow best in an open sunny position where they receive at least six hours of sun per day. If you can, plant close to the kitchen for easy access during cooking. Get the kids involved too – they often love planting, watering and harvesting food.
To avoid an unwanted excess of produce like tomatoes and zucchinis, and avoid unwanted leftovers, stagger the planting so they don't all ripen at the same time. However, you always can use excess produce to make jams, pickles and chutneys.